I just had what has become an interesting reoccurrence with an email Spam filter. This is the one where you try to email someone or they email you and you reply and then a few minutes later you get the message that your message is being held hostage until you fill out a form, confirm your identity, leave a hair and tissue sample, and type a silly jumbled word into a box to verify you are human and not a computer. Do you know what I am talking about? I don't know who dreamed this up and I am sure they are making lots of money off the idea and I am sure the users of it love it but don't count me in that group. What a terrible way to treat people you are trying to do business with! Harsh? Well, in today's case, the other person had originally emailed me so why should I have to go through all that just to respond. Shouldn't they put me in their "allowed to email me list" first?
If it stopped here that might be okay but the situation is much worse. The other day, a member of an organization I was once the President of emailed me to complain because someone had sent them some Spam in the name of our organization and they wanted to know if we could make them stop. I was busily working when the email came in but I stopped what I was doing and replied to them and forwarded the email along to the "powers that be" but the whole while I am thinking "this person actually took valuable time out of their day to complain about this and email me about this vs. just hitting delete." Hitting "delete" takes about .1 second while setting up an effective spam filter in Outlook or Outlook Express might take a full 5-10 minutes.
In a similar vein I had a big blow out with GoDaddy.com the other evening due to their low tolerance of anything that might look like Spam to them. I have been unable to use a domain name email alias I purchased from them over a year ago as half the folks who try to email me have to call me and tell me their email got rejected as Spam. I have had the same thing happen to me with certain email addresses and whenever I look up who the domain host is it is always GoDaddy.com. I called them for like the 5th time to complain and they are so proud that their server is so secure (in fact, it is called secureserver.com so if you ever have any trouble and that is the rejecting server just think GoDaddy.com). However, like I told them, I would rather get 100 Spam emails then miss on legitimate message my server thinks is Spam but it isn't. I can filter and manage my own Spam thank you very much! I've been doing it with my junk mail for years (which brings up a good point and a potential new source of revenue for the U.S. Postal Service; why can't the post office sort my junk mail for me like these ISPs are trying to do; they could charge $5/month to not deliver junk mail; I for one would pay it!).
Maybe I'm alone on this issue but I still hear agents complain about all the email and spam they are getting. Guess what?! It is only going to get worse not better and you're gonna have to figure it out somehow. Learn how to hit delete. Learn how to set up a spam filter. Don't get frustrated by how many emails you are getting and certainly don't waste time emailing people and asking them to not email you their open house flyers, etc. Just block their emails or hit delete. You and they will be much happier.